Microtransactions have often been criticized by a significant number of gamers and despite that, we still see them in video games. However, Blizzard Entertainment has announced that it will be removing Overwatch microtransactions but, only in Belgium.
Players in Belgium will only be able to purchase loot boxes using the in-game currency as Overwatch microtransactions will soon be been removed for Belgium.
The decision to remove Overwatch microtransactions for Belgium comes following the ruling of Belgian Gaming Commission that found loot boxes as a form of gambling no matter what form they are in.
According to Overwatch spokesperson, while they don’t agree with the ruling but, they will abide by it and will remove microtransactions from Overwatch.
While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law.
As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.
However, Blizzard Entertainment has only announced that it will be removing Overwatch microtransactions and has noted that it will shortly implement the changes and will discuss the matter further with Belgian Gaming Commission to resolve the issue.
These measures will be implemented shortly. We also remain open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on this topic.
Belgium and Netherlands are currently the only two countries that see loot boxes as a form of gambling.
Blizzard is not the only developer to remove microtransactions from its game as earlier this year Monolith Productions completely removed microtransactions from Shadow Of War.
According to the studio, the decision to remove microtransactions from Shadow Of War came after the realization that microtransactions have compromised the game’s core promise of the Nemesis System.
Overwatch is a first-person multiplayer shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.